Cherry’s Succulent-Topped Pumpkins – FineGardening

As we speak we’re visiting with Cherry Ong in Richmond, British Columbia.

Fall is the time to shut the backyard, and it looks as if making topped pumpkins has develop into a practice for me. Listed here are this yr’s handmade Thanksgiving items. (I stored two for myself!)

green-grey pumpkin topped with various green succulentsA pumpkin topped with succulent cuttings from the backyard

light green pumpkin topped with dark burgundy succulentsThe number of textures and colours of succulent leaves makes a wonderful association.

hydrangea flowerhead between two white succulent-topped pumpkinsA dried hydrangea flowerhead provides to the show.

small white pumpkin topped with nuts in shells, pinecones, and succulentsI attempted one thing totally different this yr. A few of these pumpkins are topped with blended nuts, pine cones, silver bell eucalyptus, and strawflowers. Those who have succulents require weekly watering, however people who don’t require even much less upkeep.

another small white pumpkin topped with mixed nuts and white strawflowersWhite strawflowers (Bracteantha bracteata, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) are from the summer time backyard. Completely satisfied Thanksgiving to all!

uniquely shaped and colored squash topped with colorful succulentsThis season introduced plenty of Turk’s turban squash to the nursery. These are brightly coloured, enticing gourds measuring as much as 10 inches (24 centimeters) throughout. They’re glorious for baking and stuffing however are additionally beautiful in fall shows as ornamental gourds, so I made a complete lot of what I’ve dubbed “fairy crown” pumpkins. This very previous selection has been in cultivation since earlier than the 1800s. Not like the basic succulent-topped pumpkins, these are embellished from the underside facet to indicate their attention-grabbing form and colours.

close up of Turks Turban Squash topped with green and pink succulentsIt’s been fairly enjoyable creating them, and much more enjoyable giving them away. Succulents are from the backyard.

pumpkin arrangement with dahlias and berriesIt is a pumpkin tulipiere. I noticed the undertaking on Martha Stewart and thought I’d attempt it this season given all of the beautiful pumpkins. The flowers and berries are all from the backyard.

another version of the above pumpkin arrangement with dahlia stems cut shorterI wished to make the model airier like a tulipiere, so I modified it to singular dahlia stems. My household mentioned it was is just too spindly, although, so I minimize the flowers shorter to make this model and added beautyberries from the backyard once more.

process of building pumpkin arrangement, holes being drilled into pumpkinsRight here’s a course of shot that exhibits the drilled holes for the dahlia stems to go in.

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